'Getting better value from your office' is a statement that is sometimes accompanied by thoughts about cutting down on various things, meaning that certain equipment and facilities, that would enhance the ability of employees to produce great work at a more productive rate, will be sacrificed, or not introduced at all.

In an ideal world, this shouldn't happen; and it needn't. Sometimes, taking a more intelligent look at how space is used can yield better value. If you run your own office in the area, read on to find out how can you make better use of space with an office refurbishment in London.

Office refurbishment in London: Making better use of space

It’s also easy to assume that an office refurbishment is designed solely for redecoration; giving the office a new look and a means to ‘communicate’ the business philosophy with employees and clients. Whilst that’s certainly true, it only represents one aspect; an office refurbishment in London is also a great way for businesses to understand how the space is being used and what space-saving initiatives can put be in place once the redecoration and realignments are done.

Moving towards a new office design that offers flexible and agile working is a great way to understand how we store the items we need for our work. Cluttered offices and poor (or no) storage facilities create barriers for employees to perform their duties efficiently and effectively. As a result, this impacts the business, slowing productivity and increasing the margins of error.

Then there's the employee's wellbeing to think about; everyone wants to feel like they're able to perform at their best, that their efforts are truly making a positive impact on the business. If they're unable to work in their preferred way, they will feel frustrated, upset and stressed; the end result being a negative outlook on the business.

This is why, when designing an office, it's vital to make concessions for items and materials that will need to be stored, and how easily they can be accessed. By doing this, you'll be clearing away the clutter, opening up space that may be better used for something else.

So what kinds of storage solutions can help?

The different types of office storage

  • Archive storage. Seen as the ‘traditional’ office storage space, archival space is where the bulk of the business’ items are stored; files, stationery, equipment, etc. These are areas that are usually static and accessible for different departments to retrieve materials and information quickly.

    In recent years, many offices have been going ‘paperless’ in order to cut down on the number of files they need to store (helped by the technology at our disposal). However, storage media is still physical and will still need to be stored securely; thankfully the number of files they hold is the equivalent of thousands of paper files, so any storage spaces can be cut back on, perhaps leaving more space for other aspects of the office design.
  • Desk storage. As the centre of activity for an employee, it can be easy for clutter to build up with no (or insufficient) desk storage. Any materials they need must be at a reachable distance, so they’re readily available for them to access. When the items they need are outside their proximity, they will require more effort to access and use; this breaks their concentration and pulls their attention away from the task at hand.

    Establishing a new furniture set-up as part of your office refurbishment will help to clear cluttered areas and provide employees with the means to work much easier; helping to boost their productivity rate.
  • Collaborative storage. If you’re interested in bestowing your office refurbishment in London with a better sense of collaboration, then the storing of items is an important factor to look at. Whether it’s a conference room, a breakout zone or a training area, storage will serve as a dynamic function; as these places play host to interaction between people, space is a vital requirement.

    The ability to quickly and casually document and record information is key in any group area, as is that information’s retrieval. Using storage units inside of these rooms will cut down on the time and effort in producing them (and not to mention, the clutter it creates!) For conference, meeting or training rooms, in particular, consider using visual tools (such as whiteboards, magnetic surfaces, projection technology, etc) to aid the group’s understanding of what they will need to produce in their work.

Get the most out of your workspace, with Oaktree Interiors

If you're searching for a great way to make the most out of your existing office space, why not get in touch with the expert workplace design team here at Oaktree Interiors? We have been designing bespoke office environments for a wide and varied client base for over 30 years. Our ability to keep pace with the latest changes and trends in styles, materials and technology has seen us establish a well-respected service throughout the south east of England.

As the local business area is fast growing, the ability of the office to communicate a positive impression upon staff and clients is becoming vital; don’t be left behind by your competitors, establish a workplace environment that is bespoke to both the company and your dedicated team.

To learn more about our office refurbishment in London service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly today. You can give our friendly team a call on 0345 21 86955 or alternatively, you can send an e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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